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    Alsea Falls

    Anyone ever ride the Alsea Falls trail system? Any thoughts?

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    Well... it looks like this isn't a high traffic area. But I checked it out today. It was pretty cool for the scenery and the workout. Lots of fire roads, but not so much single track. There is a couple of shorter single tracks that were pretty fun but I would like to see more to make it worth my while. I read that Team Dirt is doing a trail build up there in May. The area has tons of potential. Here is a link to their website if youíre interested. There is a three hour trail building class and then some actual trail building time. Enjoy...TeamDirt

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    Our State XC race is on those trails. Some very steep climbs with some fun single track. The area has great potential, Mike Ripley and Team Dirt are doing an awesome job.

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    [Interesting. What is the State XC race? It would be nice if there was a singletrack trail from the top to the bottom. I always feel that after earning some turns I have a earned a nice single track ride down. Don't get wrong. The ones that are there are fun, just too short.] Our State XC race is on those trails. Some very steep climbs with some fun single track. The area has great potential, Mike Ripley and Team Dirt are doing an awesome job.[/QUOTE]

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    State XC is the Oregon state championships for MTB. Although, this year it looks like that race is at a different venue.

    Alsea Falls Switchback XC 6/15/2013 | Mudslinger Events - Oregon Outdoor Recreation

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    I did the Alsea Falls 6 Hour last year. It was a lot of gravel riding but some good singletrack. Mike Ripley, Mudslinger owner, was saying they are going to deem it an IMBA trail system with new trails. The only downside is it is a bit of a drive from Portland. I will be curious to see if there are new trails.

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    Thanks for the info. I think the area is great and there appears to be a lot of rock under the soil for good drainage. Are they still planning on building more trails out there since the race venue has changed? Where is the new venue?

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    Hey Guys,

    I don't post much on MTBR, tend to lurk around and thought I would chime in on this topic because Alsea Falls is an important trail network to me personally.

    Alsea Falls trail area has four main trails currently open to MTB, there is a map of the area at the parking near the Alsea Falls Campground and I believe you can find one on-line. I'll have to keep looking for that map and post the link when I find it.

    The BLM, Team Dirt and others are actively working to improve the area and expand the trail net work system.

    I am personally involved in Team Dirt (TeamDirt). Team Dirt, though most people think of us as a local racing team, is the Corvallis/Benton County IMBA Chapter. We have focused most of our work to date in the Mac Forrest, Blodgett and Alsea Falls area.

    We are extremely lucky to have the IMBA Trail care crew coming this month to host a trail building school coming up on May 17-19, 2013 out at Alsea Falls.

    Please visit https://www.imba.com/civicrm/event/info?id=299&reset=1 to register for this event.

    The current plan with BLM is to develop about 10 miles of new trails over the next year. With expansion continued to more than 20+ miles of MTB trails with an improved campground, and multi-purpose trails. This proposed trail network has been developed in conjunction with IMBA, and other user groups.

    I ride there often and would welcome anyone to join me for a tour of the short set of trails we have now. The complete loop can be done in about an hour at a casual pace.

    Please bookmark the Team Dirt website and contact us if you have any specific questions, want to be involved in the next trail work party or just want to ride your bike.

    Thanks

    Justin P.

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    The area has huge potential, there was a good start years ago on building trails out there but it fizzled and the trails got overgrown. Corvallis needs more legal singletrack and this is a great spot for it but the local MTB community is really going to have to commit to using it or it'll just fizzle again. The "Why would I go anywhere but Mac Forest" attitude in Corvallis is hard to overcome.

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    Any updates on new trails at Alsea Falls? I heard dirt is getting moved around there.

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    I'm not working those trails (though I want to get out there to help) but I do hear things around town. Here's a little tidbit:

    New Trails Under Construction Near Corvallis, Oregon | International Mountain Bicycling Association

    Trails are being worked on but not open/rideable yet. Team Dirt (local IMBA chapter) is supposed to be doing some official build days in the fall. I think the machine work (see the photo in the link) is being done by BLM. The 2014 race in Alsea Falls is later in 2014 than it was in 2013, so I am hoping the new trails will be open by then.

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    Thanks this is great news!

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    Has anyone been up to Alsea Falls recently? I'm thinking of taking my son up there on Black Friday and with the dry weather we've had lately I assume the trail conditions will be fine. I was planning to ride some of the previously existing trails (Coyote Canyon, Stellar Jay).

    I notice the BLM site says that the Alsea Falls picnic area closed Oct 31. I wonder if this closure applies to the trail system.

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    Road there this past weekend and had an awesome time. Trails that you mentioned are in great shape for November.

    There are a few new sections of trails that are under construction and have been noted at the entrance. Please respect the ongoing work there and the efforts being made by the BLM and Team Dirt the local IMBA chapter.

    I'm likely to be riding that Friday as well. Hope to see you out there.

    Justin P
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    Will do, thanks for the info Justin!

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    I was able to get out there this weekend, and hike around the new trails. Looks like some really great stuff going in. I've been able to see the proposed trail map also. It looks like it's going to be a great area when it is completed!

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    Wasn't this same area used for the 2010 XC champs too? I did that race, and I remember a LOT of road riding (including the really steep climb), and some very freshly cut single track (like 8 inches of loose dirt). I remember thinking that the place had great potential.

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    Yes, the 2010 XC Champ was there. There was also a 6hr race there one year. Last year there was a XC race on the trails and I believe there will be another in 2014.

    Justin

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    Wow! It has been a little while since I have have read this thread. This news is very exciting. I can't wait 'till the new trails or sections of trail will be open. Does anyone have an idea what the proposed time line is for the trail system?

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    We hope to have them opened by Spring. Of Course that will depend on the weather and number of trail work days we are able to get in.

    Check the Teamdirt.org website for latest information.

    Justin

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    I looked on the their website yesterday and didn't see any info but I am not sure if I know have to navigate their website.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrpdesign View Post
    We hope to have them opened by Spring. Of Course that will depend on the weather and number of trail work days we are able to get in.

    Check the Teamdirt.org website for latest information.

    Justin
    Justin,

    Bell and IMBA announced they will be doing the "Bell-Built" trail grants again next year. Any idea if this is on Team Dirt's radar for Alsea falls?

    Bell Helmets Announces this Year's 'Bell Built' Winners - Vows to Bring Back the Contest for 2014 - Pinkbike

    From the PB article:

    "Starting in January and running through the end of February, Bell Helmets and IMBA will begin taking applications for 2014 trails, with finalists named during the first week of March"

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    Thanks for the Info on the Bell Helmet news. It wasn't on our radar.

    I'll bring it up at the next board meeting.

    Justin

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    Quote Originally Posted by slopefish View Post
    I looked on the their website yesterday and didn't see any info but I am not sure if I know have to navigate their website.
    The Team Dirt calendar currently has a trail building day out there on 1/11/2014, if you'd like to help out.
    Calendar | TeamDirt

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    That's sweet, we need to get in this with the blm
    Jump start the spring

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    A Group of five dedicated trail builders with the correct resources(chain saw, mini hoe,brush cutter, gate keys, blm permission) can cut miles of trail during a PNW winter.

    Putting together group work days is slow and a expensive for what u get in return.

    I've attended imba group meetings and build days. Instead of feeling like we accomplished something it was more like what a waste of time. I can go on and on but will probably just offend more people, which is not my intent.

    I just want to see that when a group is all excited and makes a push to designate a build area that after a year of doing so there is actually more then just a 2 mile trail.

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    Agreed.......small crews can knock out alot especially early when the corridor needs swamping and duff and brush removed! In our group I am the only certified Chain Saw operator so far, and let me know if you can help during the week, especially through March!

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    What's the story with the asphalt-ish paving of the trail? How far is that going to extend? If fact, is there any kind of trail development plan available that indicates where and what type of trails are being worked on/planned? I looked on the BLM site but did not find anything. I heard a rumor what has been done is new school, flow type trail work. Any plans on more tech trails?

    I think I'll have to attend the next work party to get a better understanding of the master plan...

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    New Maps are coming out in the next few months, and the huge gravel from the trailhead was a contractor spec......only goes to the New Bridge .10 of a mile. Also yes to New School Flow with some Banzai 1 and 2 flow and bench cut sections with grade reversals placed over this coming up summer in a 2 mile addition. We will be mixing it up to be as sustainable and maximize the grade with some possible tech being mixed in or alternate line potential as this progresses over the next few years. The sky's the limit as long as we can maintain and move with purpose keeping the project fun and on track for all. The plan is 15-20 years, and we have a good start with the goal of a 5 mile flow trail (catch phrase) this season and working with other users as well to bring the existing trails up to spec for their designation. The BLM has been just awesome to work with and see u at one of the trail work parties as the grunt work begins to clear the corridor.

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    FYI: I was up there on Jan 1 and the Stellar Jay trail is marked closed at both ends. My son and I hit the trail closure at the top and detoured down the roads to the short and dis-used Fern Hopper trail. It was a little disappointing, but oh well. That is the price of progress!

    I just thought I would mention this to anyone reading earlier responses to this thread which might lead one to believe that Stellar Jay is currently rideable.

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    Just want to remind everyone about the Team Dirt work party on the 11th. Please come on out and help with the build.

    Thanks,
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    Details on the work party? Time? Place? What's needed? ETC.

    The team dirt website doesn't seem to work, so no info there.

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    The Team Dirt site works fine for me. Here's what it says:

    Description: Meet at Stellar J trailhead directly, across from Day-use area at Orange gate, at 9 am. We will work on the new springboard trail or clearing corridor for new connector trail from the top of the mountain.

    Bring sturdy shoes, Hardhat or bike helmet and any hand tools that you can bring. Tools to bring include loppers, machete, hoe, pulaski, pick, mattock, shovels etc

    Trail work will officially end at 1 pm, followed by lunch and a social ride.
    Alas, the 11th is my son's 18th birthday so I'll be busy. I will watch the site for future build days though.

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    We have a Facebook page going for the work party as well.

    https://www.facebook.com/events/2112...ilter=upcoming

    I'm not a computer savy person so if that does;t work just look for the Teamdirt Facebook page, or the Alsea Falls Build Day Facebook page.

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    Heads up... build day pushed out 1 week to the 18th due to expected winds tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Heads up... build day pushed out 1 week to the 18th due to expected winds tomorrow.
    Any word on how the trail build went? Anyone been up there as of late?

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    Quote Originally Posted by slopefish View Post
    Any word on how the trail build went? Anyone been up there as of late?
    Update from the Facebook page of the Building Group:
    We are getting closer to being finished. We will be out next Sunday 2/9/2014 at 9am at the orange gate. We really hope to gain more support each build weekend. We are getting more efficient every week and progressing further down the trail each week.
    Sounds awesome! Team Dirt and the local MTB community will have something to really be proud about!
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    Next trail build day is Saturday, Feb 15th. Details here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/692913710758975/

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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Next trail build day is Saturday, Feb 15th. Details here:
    https://www.facebook.com/events/692913710758975/
    Just wanted to bump this up to the top as a reminder of the upcoming build day at Alsea Falls. This place is really shaping up and looking good, and it is getting a lot of local support, which is awesome to see. Come on out!
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    It just got bumped due to forecasted winds to next Saturday, the 22nd. Event link is the same, above.

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    Just a quick reminder that the 2nd official Alsea Falls trail build day is this Saturday, February 22nd. Weather looks to be perfect for building. Here again is the Facebook event link. It's not too late to sign up!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/692913710758975/

    EDIT - Date fixed, thanks GC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tbmaddux View Post
    Just a quick reminder that the 2nd official Alsea Falls trail build day is this Saturday, March 22nd. Weather looks to be perfect for building. Here again is the Facebook event link. It's not too late to sign up!

    https://www.facebook.com/events/692913710758975/
    I'll be there and I am looking forward to seeing the progress made up there. Also, it is February 22nd, this Saturday.......just wanted to clarify.
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    Our next Build day will be on Saturday March 15th at 9am at the orange gate. We will have food and give away free trail crew t-shirts to folks who show up to two trail build days this build season.

    We are currently finishing up work on a new blue trail mary's peak style singletrack with small berms and alternate lines with technical rooty flair. Once finished with this trail in the coming weeks we will move onto a new lower section of green flow trail with alternate high speed lines for more advanced rider. This trail system will have 20+ miles of trail with everthing from technical xc, bend style flow, dh trail similar to sandy and blackrock. Please come help join us to show the BLM how important this resource will be to our riding community. Thanks to everyone who has come out to help our trail building thus far and those who will join us in the near future.
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    Quote Originally Posted by edub View Post
    Our next Build day will be on Saturday March 15th at 9am at the orange gate. We will have food and give away free trail crew t-shirts to folks who show up to two trail build days this build season.

    We are currently finishing up work on a new blue trail mary's peak style singletrack with small berms and alternate lines with technical rooty flair. Once finished with this trail in the coming weeks we will move onto a new lower section of green flow trail with alternate high speed lines for more advanced rider. This trail system will have 20+ miles of trail with everthing from technical xc, bend style flow, dh trail similar to sandy and blackrock. Please come help join us to show the BLM how important this resource will be to our riding community. Thanks to everyone who has come out to help our trail building thus far and those who will join us in the near future.
    Just thought I would bump this thread to the top, as a reminder of the build day at Alsea Falls this Saturday. I can say personally, that these trails are so fun! It really is shaping up to be a great place to ride! Come on out, see the trails, build for a while, have some lunch, and enjoy good people!
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    Trail build day next Sunday, April 13th. Orange gate at 9am as usual.

    Details:
    https://www.google.com/calendar/even...nBoYzBAZw&ctz=

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    What to bring?

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    Long pants, solid shoes or boots, gloves, eye protection. BLM provides tools and hard hats but bring your own if you prefer. There is usually food provided (usually brats and sides, maybe chili) but I carry a snack cause I start to fade after 2 hrs digging out corners with no fuel.

    Sometimes there is a group ride afterwards, depending on conditions and weather.

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    Sweet, I am there. Looks the weather should be good too!

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    Finally, no conflicts! I'll be there.

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    Caution;  Merge;  Workers Ahead! Alsea Falls Build Day this weekend (Sunday 2014-04-13)

    Please sign up for Sunday's build day here: Alsea Falls Build Day, Adding flow to Highballer Trail, Sunday 2014-04-13. Details are below:

    Meet at Stellar J trailhead directly across from day-use area at orange gate on fall creek access road. I will provide a link to directions in the comments below We will be finishing up work on the new connector trail from the top of the mountain!! Come show us and BLM how much a trail system like this means to everyone and how effective we can be as a group.

    We have free Team Dirt/BLM trail volunteer t-shirts to volunteers who come to two official or unofficial trail days in the 2014 season. This and previous events will count toward your free shirt.

    We have another lower section of trail flagged to result in a nearly 5 mile enduro trail by the spring opener in late June. We will work on the new lower section during March and April in conjunction with multiple unoffical trail days.

    Bring sturdy shoes, Hardhat or bike helmet and any hand tools that you can bring. Tools to bring include loppers, machete, hoe, pulaski, pick, mattock, shovels etc

    Trail work will officially end at 1pm, followed by lunch provided by Bike N Hike in Corvallis and Albany until 2pm

    Afterwards we will have a social ride depending on trail and weather conditions.

    Contact team dirt advocacy and trail coordinator board member, Eric at eric@teamdirt.org if you have any questions
    Note that if you can't make Sunday, there's an unofficial build on Saturday. Check in with Eric (Team Dirt trail coordinator) before you go on Saturday.

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